Kenyan President Reacts, 33 Countries Mourn, As All 157 On Plane To Nairobi Die.

By Eric Tataw – March 10, 2019.

Kenyan President Reacts, 33 Countries Mourn, As All 157 On Plane To Nairobi Die.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed attended the Kenya-Ethiopia Trade and Investment Forum in Addis Ababa on March 1, 2019. PHOTO | ANDUALEM SISAY | NMG 

The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta has reacted to a plane crash that left from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa to Nairobi in Kenya. President Kenyatta extended condolences and prayers for the family members and loved ones of those on the plane.

 “We are saddened by the news of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger aircraft that is reported to have crashed 6 minutes after takeoff en route to Kenya. My prayers go to all the families and associates of those on board,” President Kenyatta Tweeted.

The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), an Ethiopian public service broadcaster with headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, has announced that there are no survivors amongst 157 people on board an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 that crashed en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, adding that victims were of thirty-three (33) countries.

The Management of Ethiopian Airlines had announced that its flight ET 302/10 March in schedule service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit), a statement titled; Accident Bulletin no.1 issued on March 10, 2019, at 11 AM has said.

According to the bulletin, the aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET.AVJ took off at 8:38 AM local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 8:44 AM.

The bulletin also states that they were 149 passengers and 8 crew members on board the flight but at the time of the announcement, it couldn’t confirm anything about survivors or any possible casualties.

The Airline that had announced it’s setting up a passenger information centre and a dedicated telephone number for family and friends of people who may have been on the flight also said “search and rescue operations are in progress”

The office of Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister tweeted condolences to families of victims earlier before the information went viral; The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.

Just on Saturday, March 9, 2019, all twelve (12) persons on board a plane that crashed in Colombia died, Colombia’s Civil Defense said. National Telegraph gathered that the flight was traveling between San Jose del Guaviare and Villavicencio, but was found in La Bendición, near Villavicencio after the incident.

Colombia’s Civil Aviation has released a statement of condolence for those who died in the crash and officials have announced they are working on identifying the passengers.

Observers now say the Airline has been involved in its second major crash since 2010. In 2010, a Boeing 737-800 exploded after taking off from Lebanon, killing 83 passengers and seven crew members. Sad enough, sources have revealed that this aircraft is a brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 delivered to Ethiopia only four months ago.

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